Shopian: A 40-hour long cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in Turkwangam Village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district that started on early Wednesday ended peacefully on Thursday evening.
Quoting an official, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that on specific inputs about the presence of militants in the village, the search operation was launched by a joint team of forces including 44 RR, CRPF and Shopian Police.
“After conducting searches for around 40 hours, nothing was found in the area and search operation ended peacefully on Thursday evening,” he said.
Locals said that this was for the first time that the entire village, consisting of around 1500 households, remained under siege. They said announcements were made on loudspeakers on Wednesday morning, asking militants to come out and surrender.
They added that only students and elders were allowed to come out and the movement of the general public was restricted to their compounds.
Pertinently, two youth from the same village who went missing in August this year are active with Al-Badr militant organization, according to police officials.
Moreover, a top commander of Hizb namely Zubair Ahmad Wani alias Tiger belonging to the same village was killed in his native village along with his two associates this year. KNO